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Gastroenterology

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF THE WORK CONSULTANT GASTROENTEROLOGISTS UNDERTAKE

The Consultant Gastroenterologist is a doctor specialising in diseases and disorders of the gastro-intestinal tract (the gut or bowel). He/She deals with illnesses such as Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, coeliac disease, oesophageal varices, malabsorbtion syndromes, gastric and duodenal ulcers as well as cancers of the gastro-intestinal tract (stomach and bowel cancer). The Consultant Gastroenterologist also deals with diseases of the liver such as hepatitis and liver failure.

SUB-SPECIALITIES / ALTERNATIVE AND ADDITIONAL JOB TITLES

The Consultant Gastroenterologist may be known as a Consultant Physician with a special interest in Gastroenterology. He/She may be known as a GIT Consultant or a Bowel Specialist.

USUAL QUALIFICATIONS

The Consultant Gastroenterologist will usually have MRCP or FRCP (Membership or Fellowship of one of the Royal Colleges of Physicians).

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

The Consultant Gastroenterologist may be a Lecturer or Professor in Medicine or in Gastroenterology at a Medical School. He/She may be an Examiner for one of the Royal Colleges of Physicians.

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When an operation is scheduled under a general anaesthetic, the anaesthesiologist requires the patient to be fasted for at least 4 hours. An empty stomach is important during the induction of an anaesthetic to prevent any food debris from entering the patient's lungs when he is unconscious. Aspiration of stomach contents into the lungs can be fatal. This is why it is important that a patient should NOT eat before an operation.

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